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Media Justice Salon – Telling Untold Stories: How Documentary Film Shapes New Racial Narratives

On November 30, the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) hosted a Media Justice Salon, Telling Untold Stories: How Documentary Film Shapes New Racial Narratives. We discussed the power of documentary films as a tool to shape new narratives through a racial lens and support our movements foruntold-stories-w-logo justice. Ava DuVernay’s recent documentary, “13TH” is a prime example of the power of film. 13TH dismantles the popular belief that slavery ended with the adoption of the 13th Amendment and through the voices of experts and impacted communities, reveals how the condition of slavery for African-Americans merely shifted from shackles to handcuffs. That is the power of film: to expose untold truths and place new storytellers at the center of our understanding of the world we live in.

During the Salon, our invited guests from ARRAY, Media Mobilizing Project, and Working Films went deeper into the role of documentaries in building new narratives that support our movements for racial equity. Together, we learned more about approaches and interventions to the creative process, distribution models, and organizing that turns documentaries into powerful tools for change.  

If you missed Telling Untold Stories, make sure to check out the presentation recording and learn more about our featured host and guest speakers:

Want to read more about this topic? Check out the list of resources that came out of the conversation.

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Previously known as Digital Dialogues, Media Justice Salons are interactive webinars that highlight top line media and communication policy issues that impact our communities. Media Justice Salons are a great educational opportunity for network member organizations to learn more about critical media issues, connect with leaders in the field, and find out how to take action. Want to learn more about how your organization can join an upcoming Media Justice Salon? Please contact Angella Bellota, Membership Organizer: [email protected]

About the Author

Angella Bellota

Angella Bellota leads membership education, recruitment, and convening for the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net), a project of the Center for Media Justice and the largest local-to-local media advocacy network in the United States. Prior to joining CMJ, Angella served as Field Director at the Campaign for Youth Justice working to strengthen the capacity of organizations fighting against the criminalization and over-incarceration of youth. She brings over six years of experience advancing advocacy initiatives at both the state and national levels through community organizing, convening coalitions, and managing campaigns. Angella graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a BA in Sociology before trading in the West Coast sun for Southern hospitality and a master’s degree in Sociology from North Carolina State University.  She currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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